My first visit to Grays library proved to be well timed as I browsed Thurrock's local history book fair. With a bulk of local history enthusiasts and experts all in one place I came away with a stash of new reading and knowledge and people to go to for further questions about anything from chalk to zeppelins, heraldry and floods. I was happy to meet member of Thurrock Local History Society and High House community group. My purchase of the day came from local historian Brian Evans eclectic collections - a rare copy of 'The Land that Fans' - a find that I have a feeling will become a key resource in my imagining of my project for and from Purfleet.